Restoration Citizens Memorial (Victory Statue)
Restoration of the Citizens War Memorial (Victory Statue) located at the entrance to Footscray Park has commenced. The monument is being restored following an incident in August 2017 where a vehicle traveling along Geelong Road mounted the curb and crashed into the memorial causing severe damage.
Experienced heritage consultant and materials conservator, Andrew Thorn (Artcare) was engaged by Council to undertake restoration works. The six meter high memorial comprises of a two stepped Harcourt grey granite base with four turned and polished granite columns supporting a granite entablature, on top of which is the white Carrara marble statue of “Victory”. The figure stands 1.9m (6ft 3ins) to the crown of the head and has the left hand extended with a palm branch and right hand supporting a bronze miniature figure of Victory. It was built by James Taylor & Sons, Monumental Masons of Footscray. The marble statue was imported from Italy.
The Citizens Memorial was erected by the citizens of Footscray and dedicated on 12th November 1922 in honour of the men of the municipality who served in WW1. In 1949 a dedication to the men and women who served in WW2 was added. Originally located within the park behind the gates, it was moved to a lawn area following the widening of Ballarat Road. In 2004 it was relocated to its current site.
The memorial will be reassembled and cleaned before being signed off as structurally sound by an engineer and Council. Council has a duty of care as custodian of its Art and Civic History Collection to conserve the memorial, and the memory of all those who have served in the wars.
40 Maribyrnong Blvd, Footscray VIC 3011 (entrance to Footscray Park).
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